Vosne-Romanée “Les Suchots” is a complex, rich and full-bodied Pinot Noir reflecting the uniqueness of this marly, limestone and clay-rich terroir. One of the 14 Premiers Crus of the appellation, “Les Suchots” is located right north to Vosne-Romanée’s most revered Grand Crus, such as Romanée Saint-Vivant and La Romanée Conti, who both landed their names to the village.
Varietal: Pinot Noir
The largest Premier Cru climat within the Vosne-Romanee appellation, “Les Suchots” separates the vineyards Échezeaux and Romanee-Saint-Vivant, the latter formerly belonging to the Marey-Monge family in the 18th century. Located along the northern border of the Vosne-Romanee commune, at the base of the Cote d’Or escarpment, “Les Suchots” enjoys Richebourg as a neighbor (a Grand Cru terroir similiar to our very own Simone), and with its magnificent marly soils it may not be long until “Les Suchots” gets a shot at its own Grand Cru title. But for now, just sit back and enjoy the fiery ruby-red-faced complexion of this fine wine that ignites the passions of many. Ripe fruit and spices are the magic aromas on display, with bilberry, strawberry and raspberry on backing vocals. Over time and age, leather, fur, preserved fruits and brandied-cherries speak up. At its pinnacle, velvety and distinguished tannins will blossom on the palate. It goes without saying, this “Les Suchots” requires time on its back, laying down. After ten years, that is when you’ll learn its true value.
This year’s vintage captured the memory of 2014’s unusual, and unpredictable, weather. An unusually mild winter – the Asian fruit fly had made its unwelcome introduction – something we would all wish to forget. At the beginning of the season there was much promise. The three months of Spring were warm and dry, culminating in an early bud break and bloom at the start of June. However, by the end of the month, cooler and wetter weather reigned supreme. On June 28th, a hailstorm – similar to the devastation that struck in 2012 and 2013 – damaged several villages across the Côte de Beaune, including Pommard. Third year in a row. Summer was defined by wetter-than-average weather and cool temperatures. A few hot days in July helped the vines recover their ground, but worsening conditions took control again during the first two weeks of August. By mid-August the weather improved, with mostly dry and sunny conditions aiding the grapes to a steady and juicy maturation. In September, the sun remained a constant element and a northerly wind bolstered ideal conditions; the grapes reached optimal maturity come mid-September with most appellations hand-picked under sunny skies.
Excellent in every way
Behind its medium garnet color, Vosne-Romanée 2017 reveals a very delicate and complex red wine. The nose is clean and intense, with complex aromas of ripe strawberries and cherries, lined with notes of saffron, sandalwood, and dry meat. The palate also reveals flavors of sweet spices like cinnamon, as well as mellow and well-integrated tannins. With a long finish, it is an excellent wine with great aging potential.
A generous year
2017 began the best possible way, with a sunny and warm spring and no threats of hail or frost. Bud break happened at the beginning of April, soon followed by blooming. Summer was marked by scorching episodes, pushing maturation forward. Harvest started over the last days of August, two weeks earlier than usual, and lasted until mid-September. With healthy, ripe grapes and yields back to normal, 2017 has since proven its high-quality and long-lasting potential.
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